A primary crop for Pioneer is their sweet corn. Pioneer Growers is one of the largest fresh sweet corn shippers in the United States. Their corn production comes from three major growing areas: South Florida during the fall, winter, and early spring months, and Georgia during the late spring, early summer and early fall months. The summer production comes from the Northeast.
With growers producing sweet corn in these diverse locations they are able to provide fresh sweet corn to customers 12 months out of the year. The sweet corn is picked and then packed by hand to insure top quality. After picking, the corn is field or shed packed and hydro-cooled to below 40°F to insure its freshness and quality when it reaches our customers. As part of Pioneer’s new expansion, Hundley Farms, Pioneer’s largest grower, has custom built a state-of-the-art corn packing line. This will enable them to shed-pack cartons, crates and RPC’s. They will have the ability to pack over 25,000 crates a day to the highest standards in the industry.
It is packed in traditional wire bound crates or in display ready RPC’s. After being loaded onto refrigerated trailers the sweet corn is top-iced to maintain freshness. Speaking of freshness, much of the sweet corn is available to the customers 1 to 2 days after harvest. This guarantees the consumer will get a fresh, great tasting ear of sweet corn every time.
The farmers of Pioneer grow only the traditionally bred super sweet varieties. These varieties have been bred to maintain their sweetness for up to 18 days after harvest. The taste and flavor of these super sweet varieties has led to an increased consumption of fresh sweet corn.
And don’t forget, Pioneer Growers has been in the packaged-corn business for over 20 years. The Stay Sweet label is a popular brand in produce departments. It comes in three, four and five-ear packs as well as, the club pack 8-ear trays.
In addition to the ever-popular Stay Sweet Pioneer brand, the highly recognized Green Giant Fresh brand is proud to partner with Pioneer.